Centre County President Judge Kistler nominated to Pa. Supreme Court

Gov. Tom Wolf is nominating the dean of the Duquesne University Law School and the president judge of Centre County to fill two vacancies on Pennsylvania’s highest court.

Wolf announced Wednesday that he is naming Duquesne’s Ken Gormley and Judge Thomas King Kistler to complete the terms of two former justices that run through the end of this year.

They will replace Chief Justice Ronald Castille, who reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 last year, and Justice Seamus McCaffery, who resigned last year after being implicated in a pornographic email scandal.

Gormley joined the Duquesne faculty in Pittsburgh in 1994 and serves as dean and as a professor specializing in constitutional matters.

Kistler was elected to the Centre County Court of Common Pleas in 1997.